Mayor Robertson will support investments aligned with recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions’ Final Report, to be presented to Council Tuesday. The new funding - approximately $450,000 from the City that leverages another $550,000 from partners - focuses on mental health support, harm reduction, drug prevention and treatment and includes:
Yesterday’s Census data showing a growing number of empty and underutilized homes in Vancouver is alarming, but not surprising. We know from BC Hydro data across Vancouver that there are 10,800 year-round empty homes, which last year crystallized the City’s resolve to bring in Canada’s first Empty Homes Tax. Seeing data that shows there may be even more underutilized homes than BC Hydro suggests gives us more reason to aggressively move on the empty homes tax, and other measures that will help bring homes back within reach to residents in all corners of the city.
Today Vancouver City Council approved additional support for front-line workers battling the fentanyl opioid crisis: $220,000 to support harm reduction measures to prevent overdose deaths in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels and shelters, and $150,000 for mental health training and support for first responders.
The City is bringing forward additional measures to support front-line workers battling the fentanyl opioid crisis. This includes $220,000 that will support harm reduction to prevent overdose deaths in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels and shelters, where a quarter of overdose deaths occur; an additional $150,000 is allocated for mental health training and support for first responders.
I am saddened and horrified by yesterday’s attack in a Quebec City mosque, and join the Muslim community’s shock and disbelief by this desecration. This baseless attack affects us all in Vancouver as we strive to be a beacon of diversity and inclusion. We have to keep speaking up against intolerance and hatred.
Vancouver is known throughout the world for our remarkable diversity. We have a longstanding commitment to welcoming refugees and their families in times of need. This proud history of helping refugees start new lives with hope, security, and freedom is at the heart of what makes Vancouver such an inclusive and compassionate city.